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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

To qualify for the 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, vehicles must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test; and a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

Available at Chapman Mitsubishi, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is a seven-passenger crossover SUV that’s available in three trim levels: the base ES, midrange SE and top-of-the-line GT. It is offered with two powertrains. The ES and SE both get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard. ES models are front-wheel drive only, while the SE can be had with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander’s exceptional IIHS “Top Safety Pick+” rating can be attributed to the superlative engineering of its rigid, high-tensile steel body/chassis along with the availability of numerous advanced features including a radar-based Forward Collision Mitigation accident/impact reduction technology. In its evaluation of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander’s Forward Collision Mitigation., a system that includes both audio and visual warnings to the driver as well as initiates automatic braking if necessary, the IIHS awarded the system an “advanced” rating. Other standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, hill-start assist, a driver-side knee airbag, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.

Optional next-generation safety technology features include a camera-based Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine are above average at 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 24 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined when equipped with all-wheel drive. With the 3.0-liter V6, the Outlander’s fuel economy drops to 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.

For more information on the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, or to schedule a test-drive, visit Chapman Mitsubishi in Phoenix.

Why do dealerships pull my credit report?

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

When buying a car, one of the most stressful aspects, aside from deciding exactly you want, is the financing process, because let’s be honest, paying in cash for a car is rare. Part of the financing process is checking your credit score, which is done by financial institutions to guarantee your ability to repay the loan. Check out Chapman Mitsubishi for the latest financing options.

Now, you could be wondering why a dealership would want your credit as opposed to just giving it to a bank. This is because a dealership has the ability to plug your credit score into a computer that “shops around” for the best possible finance deal. Not only does this help guarantee you receive the best deal possible, but it also saves you time. Going to each individual financial institution and applying for an automotive loan is quite time consuming.

If you’re nervous about your credit score and what the dealership of financial institution may see, you can review your own credit report ahead of time for free. Pulling your credit report ahead of time ensures that you have the chance to review your history and fix any errors that may appear on your report before financing.

Another reason the dealership may be eager to run your credit report is to protect themselves. When someone walks into a dealership and requests a test drive, the dealership wants to know if that person has the ability to pay for a car if they ultimately want to buy it. The fastest way for the dealer to answer that question is to run the credit report.

If you are paying by check, in many instances running your credit report is the dealership’s only line of defense against fraudulent or bad checks after hours or on weekends, when it is particularly difficult to verify available funds.

Ultimately, the dealership wants to run your credit to guarantee you receive the best possible rate, or to protect themselves from fraud. For more financing information, visit your Mitsubishi dealer in Phoenix.